Recall 78 – Loss of Braking Ability – 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 & 2016-2019 488

October 23, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V833000

Loss of Braking Ability

Loss of braking ability increases the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V833

Manufacturer Ferrari North America, Inc.


Potential Number of Units Affected 9,985



Ferrari North America, Inc. (Ferrari) is recalling certain 2010-2015 458 Italia, 2012-2015 458 Spider, 2014-2015 458 Speciale, 2015 458 Speciale Aperta, 2016-2019 488 GTB, and 488 Spider vehicles. The brake system may leak brake fluid, resulting in a loss of braking ability.



No remedy has been established at this time. Interim owner notification letters to inform owners of the safety risk were mailed on December 28, 2021. Owner notification letters were mailed on March 4, 2022. Owners may contact Ferrari customer service at 1-201-816-2668. Ferrari’s number for this recall is 78.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


Check if your Ferrari has a Recall



Ferrari 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, 488 GTB, 488 Spider



Recall Campaign No. C24000078



MY 2010 through 2019, Ferrari 458 Italia, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale, 458 Speciale A, 488 GTB, 488 Spider. VIN No. 169428 to 248560 (see Mod is for VINs involved).



The vehicles involved are equipped with a brake fluid reservoir cap that may not provide the proper ventilation needed to maintain proper atmospheric pressure inside the tank. This condition may cause partial or complete loss of the car’s braking capacity. At the same time, the Instrument Panel Node (NQS) software must also be updated. This update will modify the message displayed if the low brake fluid level warning light comes on, prompting the driver to get towed to a Ferrari dealer



Ferrari will repair the vehicle free of charge. The repair involves replacing the brake fluid reservoir cap and updating the NQS software to display a modified message. Additionally, a supplementary adhesive leaflet needs to be inserted in the Owner’s Manual of the vehicle to update the error message description.


Amended Chronology of Defect – November 4, 2021

Ferrari was made aware of an issue involving a potential braking issue in March 2021 in connection with a MY 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB that had experienced a brake failure in the US. A vehicle technical and insurance subrogation inspection on such car took place in May 2021. The result of the inspection showed that the master cylinder failed causing the loss of brakes. It was not possible to determine the cause of the failure. Ferrari performed certain preliminary verifications on brake booster components without finding the root cause of the failure. Given that such brake components are assemblies entirely manufactured by Bosch, in June 2021, Ferrari requested Bosch to have such components inspected. Bosch inspected one of the assembly and was not able to identify the root cause of the failure.  In September 2021, Ferrari was made aware about two 488s that experienced brake failure in the US. Ferrari began performing service history reviews of both of these vehicles. In September 2021, Ferrari requested again Bosch to inspect another assembly. Also for such assembly, Bosch was not able to ascertain the root cause of the relevant failure. In early October 2021, Ferrari was contacted by NHTSA concerning two Vehicle Owner Questionnaires involving 3 VINs, i.e. VIN 232813, VIN 232226 and VIN 234234. Ferrari investigated VIN 234234 and found that the vehicle was repaired under warranty at a dealer. Ferrari obtained the master cylinder/brake booster assembly from the dealer and inspections by the supplier are expected to be carried out also on this component. Additionally, Ferrari sent over to Bosch the assembly of VIN 232226 for its analysis. In October 2021, Ferrari informed Bosch about the inquiry submitted to Ferrari by NHTSA, since Bosch is the owner of all technical information, design and drawings of the brake booster components. Ferrari, in particular, requested Bosch assistance in: (i) providing any documents/information about this component, (ii) continuing to investigate the root cause of the issue as quickly as possible. In October 2021, Ferrari participated in a vehicle inspection of VIN 232226 noticed by State Farm Insurance. At the inspection, it was observed that the brake fluid had leaked into the brake booster chamber. Ferrari has been able to have a representative from Bosch to participate at the inspection. Also a representative from NHTSA was present at this inspection.  In October 2021, Ferrari was contacted by an authorized Ferrari dealer regarding a used MY 2018 Ferrari 488 – owned by the dealership – which experienced a loss of braking capability. This vehicle is being shipped to Ferrari for inspection by Bosch. Although Ferrari and Bosch continue to investigate the issue, including the scope of the affected vehicle population and the root cause behind a potential brake fluid leakage, Ferrari decided to conduct a safety recall to address this issue on October 20th, 2021. Verification of the number of warranty claims is still being researched. Ferrari has been made aware of one event where a client, by communication dated July 29th, 2021, reported that he was injured as a consequence of this issue.  Ferrari has had no reports of any deaths as a consequence of this issue.


21 Affected Products


FERRARI 458 ITALIA 2010-2015
FERRARI 458 SPECIALE 2014-2015
FERRARI 458 SPIDER 2012-2015
FERRARI 488 GTB 2016-2019
FERRARI 488 SPIDER 2016-2019


21 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V833-6636.PDF 215.711KB



Miscellaneous Document

RMISC-21V833-7955.pdf 77.406KB



ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-21V833-0554.pdf 33.158KB



ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-21V833-3952.pdf 33.096KB



Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V833-4048.PDF 215.831KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-21V833-9373.pdf 703.057KB



Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V833-5793.PDF 215.831KB



Recall 573 Report – Amendment 2

RCLRPT-21V833-8072.PDF 215.711KB



Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-21V833-9965.PDF 215.302KB




RMISC-21V833-4408.pdf 72.476KB



Miscellaneous Document – Informal Notification to Owners.

RMISC-21V833-1604.pdf 264.801KB



ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V833-3664.pdf 83.388KB



ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-21V833-5587.pdf 83.651KB



Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Bulletin re Replacement of Brake Reservoir Cap

RCMN-21V833-5182.pdf 1535.544KB



Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-21V833-9867.pdf 218.004KB



Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2022-1

RCLQRT-21V833-9199.PDF 211.136KB



Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2022-2

RCLQRT-21V833-1846.PDF 211.234KB



Recall 573 Report – 2/16/22

RCLRPT-21V833-7822.PDF 215.796KB



Recall 573 Report – 2/22/22

RCLRPT-21V833-4596.PDF 215.919KB



Recall 573 Report – 3/3/22

RCLRPT-21V833-1364.PDF 215.919KB



Recall 573 Report – 3/3/22

RCLRPT-21V833-2378.PDF 215.919KB



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